The Official Kert Prater Dictionary
It has been said that when you first meet Kert Prater, you need a dictionary to understand his language. It has also been mentioned that if you don’t get what he’s saying, ask Kerry and she’ll translate his jargon. But let’s face it. After being together for about a decade, Kerry has adopted many of Kert’s words and phrases.
Some of Kert’s words are his own creation; however, most of his words are just old school and the “new” school kids don’t understand. 🙂
To give you a head start on understanding this man’s language, here are a few words/phrases and their definitions in Prater world:
Bootie-Load — An abundance of something. EX: “That was a bootie-load of rain!”
Flow — The Praters are all about going with the flow, and this is one word that is used regularly on the worship team at their church. It means “Let’s go through this.”
Gander — This means, “Hey! Take a happy look over this.”
Good Gravy — In a negative situation, “Seriously? Did that just happen?” In a positive situation, “Wow!”; “Unbelievable!”; “You’ve gotta be kidding me!”
KP —Many people mistakenly think Kert is referring to himself in third person; however, he is actually referring to his wife Kerry when he says KP.
Oh My Lanta — “Wow!”; “Unbelievable!”; “You’ve gotta be kidding me!”
Peace Out — Farewell; Often shortened to simply “Peace,” but this word is typically the closing to his conversations, letters, emails, texts. It’s especially entertaining when he closes a phone call with “Peace” because most people don’t know whether to say “Bye” or just hang up. There’s almost always an awkward pause. Kert has also proudly taught his two-year-old daughter how to say “Peace Out”, and she does it with great gusto.
Peeps — This is the most commonly used word in Kert Prater language. It means “my dearly beloved, awesome people.”
Phenom — shortened way of saying “phenomenal.” This is currently Kert’s new favorite word. It secretly (or not so secretly) drives Kerry crazy.
Songage — With any important word, Kert tends to add “-age” to the end. Examples include songage, wordage, funnage. The word songage means “the song set; the entire compilation of songs for a worship service.”
As best we can tell, anything with the suffix “-age” means the total or complete package of something.
Tearie-Outtie — This means “perforated.”
10-4 — “Okay.”
Throw It Down — Usually used in the context of praying; “Who’s gonna throw it down?” aka “Who wants to pray?” It can also mean, “Let’s get it done.”
There are many more that I’m sure we are forgetting, but this is a good start!